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45 Questions with Esteela, Singapore (Ngee Ann Polytechnic)

Gloria Ho

Meet Esteela. A current student at Ngee Ann Polytechnic (NP), who is in her second year of Diploma studies in Marine Offshore Technology. And she is a local student from Singapore. 

- Specifics – 

1. What school do you study in? Ngee Ann Polytechnic

2. Do you/others have a nickname for the school? None.

3. Why did you choose this school? This is the only school that offers my course. I took this course in higher NITEC and I was looking to continue.

- Scene - (Questions that give hints of the school culture) 

4. What is a scene that you often see in the school? Students being rude to lecturers. 

5. What is one thing that you wish you knew before enrollment? How challenging it will be as compared to other polytechnics.

6. Your school is great, but if you could change one thing, what would it be? Don’t be too arrogant about the name of the school.

7.  And if there’s one thing you’d never change? How good the school is, where I heard like 70% of graduates could get a job.

8. The unofficial uniform of your school is? High end and fashionable clothing.

9. When you meet a new friend for the first time and you have to describe your school with one word, what would it be? Friendly.

10. What is one place in the school that you are proud of? Nowhere in particular.

11. If you could swap programs for a day, what would it be? I would try one of the Science courses.

12. What is a common myth of your school? That it’s very hard for a Malay to survive in this school/do well. But I don’t think it’s true and success depends on individual’s mind set.

13. If you ever had to stay in school past 9pm, what would it be because? Schoolwork. I always do that.

14. What is the strangest thing you’ve ever seen in the school? Nothing. 

15. What is your one guilty pleasure you indulge in in school? I spend a lot on food.

16. If you were given $5 million dollars to revamp the school, what would you do with it? I would spend it on facilities. Some areas are hard to get to especially when it’s raining heavily e.g. the engineering block. I would also build some handicapped friendly facilities as I once had a friend who broke his leg but still had to navigate all the hilly places and climb the stairs.

17. In between classes, where can we find you? Canteen.

- Tips -  (Info for future students) 

18. What is the best place to be as one with your laptop and lecture recordings? Atrium.

19. In the occasion that the school has to downsize till only ONE food place remains, what will it be? Makan Place as they have a wide variety of halal food. 

20. For free electricity in the school, where would you go to? Atrium.

- Programs & Electives - 

21. What program are you in? Diploma in Marine Offshore Technology.

22. Is this related to your dream job? No, I actually want to be a vet but I can’t.

23. Do you know the actual value of your diploma? I pay around $3000 per year.

24. Do you think a diploma in your course is cost efficient in terms of the quality of education you are receiving versus what you are paying? With the school load and what they teach, yes. It drills us to have a good future. 

25. In your opinion, how much should a degree in your program cost? Of course lesser, maybe about $2000-2500.

26. What is the most unforgettable module you have taken? Life Science Revolution. 

27. If you could be exempted from any module in your program, what would it be? Thermodynamics. 

28.What advice would you give to future students about module selection and planning? Modules and timeslots are all given and we can’t choose.

29. If you had to choose one, would you advise a Singapore Junior College (JC)  or Polytechnic (poly) student to join your program? NA.

30. In what scenarios will any student be exempted from any modules? I don’t think there’s any exemption. I heard that you have to take your examinations even during hospitalisation if you are mentally well but it’s just hearsay.

31. Theory vs. Practical. In what ratio would you say your program content is? 8:2

32. On a scale of 1 – 10, how employable do you think students from your program are? 7

33. Name 3 job fields people from your program go into.

Assistant Engineer


Supervisor in the marine field

34. Favorite Professor? Mr Richard who teaches EG1 & EG2 maths.

35. What is one thing that most people don’t know about your program? People hear the word marine and think that what we learn is related to sea animals but it’s actually more of oil and gas. 

36. Ideal tutorial class size versus reality?

Ideal: <20

Reality: <20

37. Given a chance to go on exchange, which country would you choose? One of the U.S. states as the country is quite big on this field. 

38. Common exam formats include: For calculations it’s like a math paper and for theory it varies across different modules, essays and long answer questions etc.

- Extra-Curriculum & Other Schools Activities -  

39. Outside of the curriculum, do you have any other commitments in school? No.

40. Would you say that it is difficult to manage both studies and other school activities? Yes.

41. In your opinion, are there enough clubs & societies in school for students to choose from? Yes.

42. How do you think a Extra-Curriculum Activity add value to a student's overall experience? It teaches you how to bond in a group and also help you to learn some values or skills that cannot be learnt in class. In a way, it helps you gain experiences.

43. The most memorable school event that you have attended would be: Orientation where we went for a 3D2N trip to Batam 3D2N and it’s even free for those from the engineering courses. 

44. If you had to pay to NOT attend a particular event in school, what will it be? None. 

45. Is the school doing enough to engage students? Yes, they ask for feedbacks every semester where we meet with lecturers and talk about the problems we face, the facilities and the food, etc. 


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